With one of the biggest paleontology conferences just around the corner (The 2016 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Utah), here’s a great article to consider: “Women Need to be Seen and Heard at Conferences.”
The article, from Nature, is free to read online. In summary – a neuroscience group created a site called “Bias Watch Nuero” in order to call attention to, well, bias and inequality in speakers at conferences, in attempt to boost the number of female invited speakers at meetings – and they’re inviting other disciplines to do the same.
What do you think about this initiative, and how to we get a “Bias Watch Paleo” group in the works? Perhaps reaching out to leaders of our various societies?